Charlottesville is an hour away from me. I’ve visited several times, attended a few college basketball and football games, and even preached in a few churches in the area. So when I saw the recent pictures of a “protest” led by white nationalists and held around a statue of Robert E. Lee, it was infuriating, […] […]Read more "The Charlottesville Protest: Frustrations, Fear, and Exposing Racism — Reformed African American Network"
“If someone tries to do something good in the place where he lives but fails to complete it, he should not think that he will accomplish it elsewhere. It is not the place that produces success, but faith and a firm will. A tree which is often transplanted does not bear fruit.” Saint Euthymius (https://oca.org/saints/lives/2000/01/20/100238-venerable-euthymius-the-great) […]Read more "No Greener Grass"
I’m sorry for the arrogance and pride with which I tried to show you the grace, love, freedom, mystery, and beauty of Christ. I’m sorry that more often than not, I displayed the truth that “knowledge puffs up” rather than “love builds up.” Years have passed since I left seminary and returned to the high […]Read more "To My Former Students"
During my time working with high school students, I’ve had many share with me challenges they face. Oftentimes, challenges are centered around challenging people. No matter the main cause of angst, the “drama” that is normally associated with high school is rather typical, and most times is short-lived. We who have successfully passed through the […]Read more "High School and Life School"
“Spiritually speaking, the deadly thing was that school life was a life almost wholly dominated by the social struggle; to get upon, to arrive, or, having reached the top, to remain there, was the absorbing preoccupation. . . And from it, at school as in the world, all sorts of meanness flow; the sycophancy that […]Read more "School Life, Social Struggle, and Christian Education"
Jesus is alive. There really is no other way to account for the disciples dramatic change from those who would abandon Jesus to those who willingly gave their lives for him. There is no other way to account historically for the spread of the church through the centuries. Let me say it again. Jesus is […]Read more "Resurrection and Risk"
The following quote from Henri Nouwen hangs permanently on my refrigerator. Here is what Nouwen said about the ministry of presence. “More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live […]Read more "Henri Nouwen and the Ministry of Presence"